Developed for the naval defense of the island nation of Indonesia, the sea vehicle has a different design with its tank turret on it.
The country of the archipelago, Indonesia, is a very different geography, consisting of 17,508 islands in total, and approximately 10 thousand of them live 253 million people. The country, which has a total coastline of 99,082 km, needs an agile and effective naval force against potential threats.
The vessel developed by PT Lundin , a defense industry company operating in the country in order to strengthen Indonesia’s defense against internal and external threats such as criminal organizations and naval pirates, draws attention with its interesting features. Because the vehicle called Antasena Tank Boat resembles both a coast guard boat and a tank .
The Tank Boat, which has a catamaran design, allows the personnel to easily land by entering the shallow areas called “brown water” in the country where the sea meets the land . The vessel, which has a sinking distance of approximately 1m, allows the personnel to move freely.
The feature that distinguishes the Tank Bot from other vehicles, which you can think of as being no different from a standard landing ship, is its feature that resembles a tank, as we mentioned above. The vehicle , on which a tank turret is deployed , provides effective fire support to the landing personnel with its weapon system.
Different configurations possible
In the test version produced for the Indonesian Ministry of Defense, the vehicle , which has a 30 mm diameter John Cockerill production CPWS II (Cockerill Protected Weapon Station Gen. II / Cockerill Protected Weapon System) turret and a remotely controlled 7.62 mm machine gun, can also be equipped with a 105 mm gun if needed. stated.
The Tank Boat, which has a length of 18 m and a width of 6.4 m, is powered by two MAN engines that produce 1,200 horsepower. Made of carbon fiber composite material, the boat can travel approximately 1,150 km with a single tank due to its light weight . This feature is very important for a vehicle that is expected to change places very often. The highest speed that the vessel can reach is determined to be 40 knots (74 km / h). The prototype version is being tested in the East Java region.